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comical

[kom-i-kuh l] /ˈkɒm ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
producing laughter; amusing; funny:
a comical fellow.
2.
Obsolete. pertaining to or of the nature of comedy.
Origin of comical
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see comic, -al1
Related forms
comicality, comicalness, noun
comically, adverb
noncomical, adjective
noncomically, adverb
noncomicalness, noun
noncomicality, noun
quasi-comical, adjective
quasi-comically, adverb
semicomical, adjective
semicomically, adverb
uncomical, adjective
uncomically, adverb
Can be confused
comedic, comic, comical.
Synonyms
1. See amusing.
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  • The clown who, with a comical show of respect, offered her what she needed for her next feat, told her this.

    Complete Short Works Georg Ebers
  • I'm going to tell you a comical tale about a gang of blackmailers.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • Into the midst of the throng ride Don Quichotte and his comical companion, Sancho.

  • And he was so comical at the same time that he was so pathetic!

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  • This comical scene over, Immermann then first introduced me to the foolish yet interesting creature.

British Dictionary definitions for comical

comical

/ˈkɒmɪkəl/
adjective
1.
causing laughter
2.
ludicrous; laughable
Derived Forms
comically, adverb
comicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for comical
adj.

early 15c., "comic," from comic (or Latin comicus) + -al (1). Meaning "funny" is from 1680s. Earlier Middle English had an identical word meaning "epileptic," from Latin morbus comitialis "epilepsy."

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